By What Authority?


Read by Carol Pelster

(4.8 stars; 13 reviews)

Two wealthy families are neighbors in Elizabethan England; one is staunchly Catholic and the other is devoutly Protestant. The attractive young scions of the families are drawn to each other in friendship and love, but are kept apart by their opposing religions. Life is very difficult for Catholics during those times. They are subject to fines, imprisonment, torture and ignominious death for practicing their faith. On the other hand, for various reasons some Catholics give up their inherited faith, and even betray and persecute their fellow-religionists. As the threads of plot are woven tighter, heroes emerge, sometimes most unexpectedly, as they grapple with theological doubts and conflicts, and undergo extreme suffering and loss. The many characters we meet ring true, whether they are brilliant or superstitious, stalwart or wavering, pious or violent; and it is a great privilege to spend time with such towering historical figures as St. Edmond Campion and Queen Elizabeth herself. Love, history, theology, suspense, and an array of colorful characters are sewn inexorably together in this large and compelling story. (Intro by Carol Pelster) (23 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Part 1 Chapter 1 19:42 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 2 35:07 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 3 39:08 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 4 35:14 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 5 30:22 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 6 39:54 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 7 31:49 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 8 20:30 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 9 21:46 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 10 41:55 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 11 40:38 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 1 Chapter 12 28:48 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 1 40:00 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 2 37:52 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 3 33:46 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 4 43:01 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 5 57:15 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 6 44:03 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 7 36:14 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 8 28:58 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 9 40:25 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 10 39:35 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 11 53:15 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 12 43:35 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 13 43:44 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 2 Chapter 14 38:03 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 1 16:47 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 2 34:41 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 3 42:25 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 4 19:50 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 5 24:46 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 6 35:41 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 7 37:01 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 8 36:28 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 9 19:03 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 10 31:05 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 11 37:41 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 12 12:43 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 13 36:52 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 14 28:37 Read by Carol Pelster
Part 3 Chapter 15 14:51 Read by Carol Pelster

Reviews

Bravo from Borneo


(5 stars)

Bravo! Bravo! I have been truly moved by this book...so exquisitely written and read sublimely by Carol Pelster. I have a penchant for historical novels and this one set in the turbulent time of the English Reformation under Queen Elizabeth certainly did not disappoint. I was so quickly invested in the characters and enjoyed the tension created by so many unexpected twists and turns in the story, which in essence follows two families over many years. Such courage and strength of character was shown by so many. I will now complete this trilogy.

best book. best narrator. moving story. leaves one in awe.


(5 stars)

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